Kaiser Chiefs played an exhilarating set at the NME Big Gig at the O2 Arena in London tonight (February 28) – including two new songs.
The band played after The Cribs with Johnny Marr, Klaxons and Bloc Party. Taking the stage at 9.15, Ricky Wilson and co wowed the crowd with a set of fan favourites such as Number One hit ‘Ruby’ and ‘Oh My God’.
The Leeds five-piece also treated the crowd to two new songs – ‘Never Miss A Beat’ and ‘You Want Some History’ – that showed that the band’s hyper-melodic edge is set to continue into the next stage of their careers.
During ‘I Predict A Riot’, Wilson tried to dive into the crowd, but security guards thwarted him and sent him back to the stage.
“Let’s hear it for the Klaxons,” Wilson shouted, “Let’s hear it for The Cribs! Let’s hear it for Bloc Party! Let’s hear it for the Manics! Let’s hear it for Kaiser Chiefs!”, prompting enormous cheers from the crowd. Wilson then propped himself up against the front row of the crowd, where he was mobbed by fans before he crowdsurfed while singing.
Later in the set the singer introduced 2007 single ‘The Angry Mob’ by saying, “This is taken from the album deemed ‘album of the year’ by Puzzler magazine.” The song is the near-title track of the band’s second album ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’.
The chorus chant of “we are the angry mob” promted a mass singalong from the audience.
Wilson held his microphone stand aloft as he led his band through closer ‘Oh My God’, during which the audience nearly drowned the band out with their singing.
Kaiser Chiefs played:
‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’
‘Never Miss A Beat’
‘I Predict A Riot’
‘Your Want Some History’
‘The Angry Mob’
‘Oh My God’
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